Post by universalexports on Jun 29, 2012 19:37:24 GMT -5
well I went to a local upholstery shop today with one of my Dinette seats to show them and get a quote for getting two of them reupholstered with vinyl, they are in great shape for being 51 years old, just dirty and getting thread bare where the fabric is, anyway, total cost for both the dinette cushions (bottom and back rest) for both side of the table was $518.00 OUCH, I was thinking it would not have cost over $300.00 so what are everyone else 's prices they have got for a refurb?
As I've been doing cars past few years and all Dodge Darts need new seat covers, I have come to find out it usually runs $200.00 a pad. 2 bottoms + 2 tops (front & back seats) = $800.00 Then if you want the real deal as far as exact match fabric and vinyls is more! The material I need for my 64 Dart is $85 a yard needing 4 yards of that. It also has 3 colors of vinyls, chrome cord edges, and back seat vinyl is stamped with vertical lines every 1/8". By the time all materials from west coast + labor = Approx $1600.00 for front and back seat. That is $400 a cushion!! No wonder I'm driving around with a teal colored $5.00 Indian blanket thrown over the front seat LOL I used to customize vans in the 70's and did allot of padded dash boards and door panels, walls, etc. So I have been pricing industrial sewing machines the past year or so....
Post by westend1530 on Jun 29, 2012 22:35:06 GMT -5
Keep calling. I got quotes ranging from $700 to $250. The guy that's doing mine is just a mom and pop upholstery shop. He does great work and it will be under $300. That's just labor. I am supplying the fabric and foam
My Dad just got the seats in his 1961 Airstream Bambi done and it was over $1500. The price was so high because the foam is a petroleum product and the shops price changes accordingly. They're very nice now though, and that old trailer smell I gave him so much grief about is gone. LOL!
Post by diamondrelics on Jul 1, 2012 11:05:38 GMT -5
I have a friend who does upholstry. I am giving him creative license to do whatever he wants with my seats. Since he is also an old skool guy and one of my old car part customers I'm getting a smoking deal. He is going to try and see if he can come up with a reasonable solution to the high prices everyone is getting. My seats finally go in this week. I'll try to keep you posted.
Post by Gone Kayaking on Jul 1, 2012 11:50:27 GMT -5
Chiming in the quotes I got here in the SF Bay Area were $350 per seat...which includes retying springs, new batting etc... I have decided to go it on my own. A friend of mine upcycles vinyl from billboards (actually mostly conventions) and turns it into great stuff! I got all the material I need for mine for $5. Figure I'll be able to call it the $50 upholstery job when I'm done. You might check around for other such folks in your area...it's quite the green trend these days. elbowgreasedesigns.com is her website.
1956 Shasta 1500
Can't wait to go campin'
Post by ford1932low on Jul 19, 2012 1:24:39 GMT -5
It all depends on the grade of product that they are using and the area.. I do automotive upholstery for a living and everyone has to make a living. I think some of those prices are to high but it depends on what they start with. I redid my 1963 compact new foam and vinyl at my cost was $250 in supplies without my time. I am going to redo them again after the simco shakedown in aug. Just need a change of color. I will post a pic of them on here tomorrow.
Post by '59PinkDeluxe on Jul 19, 2012 11:28:37 GMT -5
My quote from a local, very busy, vintage auto and hot rod upholstery shop was about $1600. I passed. My fabric was about $300 then I got a referral to "a guy" a friend of mine knows. "The guy" does great work and is charging me $380! I was so happy with that after the $1600 bid, I almost cried! haha. So... $680 total all mine.
Post by paigenmarc on Jul 19, 2012 17:58:37 GMT -5
I'd do a few things differently if I had to do it over, but we were able to salvage some of the original cattle brand dark green upholstery inj the new design. I don't think I'd choose such a light color, and I'd do the edge piece in the same color as the triangle.
Post by safetybruce on Jul 25, 2012 17:52:05 GMT -5
I am always looking to see if our Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College is offering a course in upholstery. I have taken an entry level course or two there in the past regarding diesel mechanics and welding, just to get an idea about the skills required, and sometimes they even let you bring stuff from home to work on (like camper dinette seats I am hoping), if you have a CC and the luxury of waiting until a class is offered. Most classes like that are still inexpensive on the coast.